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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr David Mills and Dr Kevin Pimbblet


Measurement in contemporary applications and laboratory experiments; problem solving as a scientist. Mechanics: including inertial frames, Newton's laws, energy, momentum, simple harmonic motion and applications. Introduction to Special Relativity. Waves: behaviour mathematical description including reflection, polarisation, interference and diffraction with applications to mechanical waves, optics, sound, light and X-rays.


On completion of this unit, a student should be able to explain and apply the concepts of force, momentum and energy to simple mechanical situations; explain and apply the basic concepts of special relativity in space-time; explain and apply the principles of waves, their propagation and behaviour in simple cases of interference and diffraction; carry out experiments, take reliable measurements, analyse and interpret data, and communicate results in scientific form.


Examination (3 hours): 58%
Laboratory work: 25%
Tests/Assignments: 17%
(Students must achieve a pass mark in the laboratory work to achieve an overall pass grade)

Chief examiner(s)

Dr David Mills

Contact hours

Three 1-hour lectures and one 3-hour laboratory class per week


Year 12 Physics


recommended MTH1020 or MTH1030